Estuarine Coastal Management Program

Estuarine Coastal Management Program

  • Focus: Moruya River, Mummuga Lake, and Wagonga Inlet
  • Status: Adopted at the ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday 25 October 2022 and Certified by the Minister for Local Government March 2023
  • Next step: Implementation

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A Coastal Management Program (CMP) is a strategic plan for the management of all or part of the coastal zone. Eurobodalla Shire Council currently has a CMP for Moruya River, Mummuga Lake and Wagonga Inlet, and one for our Open Coast. Having a certified Coastal Management Program enables councils to access NSW Government funding to protect, manage and maintain our coastal estuaries. We prepared this program in five (5) stages:

Council's CMP's are prepared under the NSW Coastal Management Act 2016 and Coastal Management manual.

Once certified, a CMP allow's Council to seek NSW Government funding to protect, manage and maintain our coastal estuaries. CMP’s are prepared in 5 stages:

  • Stage one (complete): Prepare a scoping study to identify key issues and the range of technical assessments required.
  • Stage two (complete): Technical investigation to identify areas that are potentially at risk from coastal hazards now and into the future. These will be investigated following the certification of this CMP as an action.
  • Stage three (complete): Develop strategies to protect our estuaries and maintain the values held by our community that are associated with estuaries. Council held drop-in sessions and undertook an online survey to seek community ideas and feedback to determine what solutions best align with these values. Water quality, access for recreation and sporting activities, maintenance of natural beauty have been recognised as key community values.
  • Stage four: (complete): Public exhibition and certification of the program. The community had an opportunity to comment and contribute during this stage, and several changes were made to the CMP to reflect stakeholder feedback. The adopted CMP has been certified by the NSW Minister for Local Government.
  • Stage five: Implement and monitor the CMP.

Community engagement

Preparing a CMP requires community and stakeholder engagement. Community input helped us shape the management actions in this CMP.

Due to COVID-19, our community engagement was via:

  • councils facebook page
  • media release
  • hosted an online survey

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Contact us

For more information, contact Council's Coastal Management Planner, Cameron Whiting: